Sales tax increases on ballot in 3 local cities

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Sales tax proposals are before voters in three cities in Southwest Riverside County and the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley in Tuesday's general election. All of the following proposals require only a simple majority for approval. In Menifee, Measure "M" would repeal Measure "DD," which resulted in a 1% sales tax on all transactions within the city to support public safety. DD was approved in 2016, and it led to the overall sales tax rate going from 7.75% to 8.75%. A group of residents initiated a petition drive to undo the tax increase, but supporters of the tax say eliminating it will mean a future loss of $11 million in revenue. Supporters of M counter that the city is receiving state funding for public safety programs that will offset the loss. In San Jacinto, the City Council
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